Buzz: Neftali Feliz, Derek Holland could throw soon

ARLINGTON, Texas-- Neftali Feliz and Derek Holland are on the road to recovery and could be pitching sooner rather than later.

For a Texas Rangers pitching staff that seems to get thinner by the day, the two starters can't get healthy fast enough. And although there is not an explicit plan in place, both Feliz and Holland could be throwing again by the end of the week.

"I don’t know the plan," Feliz said. "I'm just going to get ready and try to come back as soon as I can."

Feliz, 24, has not made an appearance in a game since May 18 because of inflamation in his right elbow. He will see a team physician this week and if he is cleared, he said he wants to throw right away. That could be as early as Friday.

Feliz expects to be back in games after the All-Star Break.

Holland, 25, lost around 15 pounds in 2 1/2 weeks and has been sidelined since his last start June 5. He has been cleared and is optimistic he could throw by the end of the week. He said he had blood work done and was told Tuesday that he was over any stomach issue.

"I’ve been eating as much as I possibly can, trying to do everything, take protein before I go to bed, anything I can do to get some weight back," Holland said. "Trust me, I don’t like watching TV when guys are playing and I'm not."

Holland is not sure of the diagnosis, but he said his best guess was some sort of bacterial infection. He has been able to put on four pounds since being healthy.


* Ron Washington had no explanation for all of the recent mistakes by the Rangers' defense. But he said he feels secure in his players and pitching staff that they can play at the level they are capable of.

"We have those hiccups where things don’t go right and my starters have to go out of the game early; I look at it as aberration," Washington said. "All I can do is remind them. We work everyday, they know what they have to do. They just had a period where they were messing up. They have to get out there and they have to individually make sure they make the plays that they’re capable of making."

* Washington said that Alexi Ogando is getting treatment, but there is no timetable for his return. Ogando will continue to exercise his arm, but it could be some time before he is able to throw or run with his groin injury.

* Robbie Ross and Michael Kirkman are both in the bullpen for today's game. Washington said that he had not yet decided whether either pitcher would start Saturday.

"I’m going to use my bullpen whichever way I feel like I have to use it to win that game," Washington said. "I’m not going to be in my bullpen worrying about how I use this guy because I might need him."

* Nelson Cruz is home with a virus and will not play tonight. Wasington said Cruz should be back tomorrow.

"He came in looking real bad, so we gave him some medicine and sent him home," He said. "There’s been enough in that clubhouse, we don’t need anything else in there."